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Published on Saturday, May 30th, 2009 at 10:00 pm
We left from Melrose early in the morning and entered the Highlands from the bottom of Loch Lomond. The route took us past Inveraray and Oban and up to Ballachulish which we used as our base for the trip.

There are plenty of castles everywhere and the countryside is just so green! This castle is Kilchurn on Loch Awe.

This is me and mom at Loch Lomond during a break in the rain. At least going to the highlands you expect it to be raining all the time – so any break is most welcome!
Then this is the castle that we call Ruth’s Princess Fairy Castle since it looks prettier than the more functional castles we had seen on our trip. It’s real name is Inveraray Castle.

All of the photos below were taken in the grounds of the castle.

We carried on driving to Ballachulish and found this church that my mom knew about hidden away as you’re driving out of one of the really small villages. It’s claim to fame is that it has some bones of Robert the Bruce buried there.
The last castle we found that day was Castle Stalker as seen in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Then it was off to the Ballachulish hotel for some (more) tea and some supper followed by some accordian based entertainment. This is the view from our window when the mist cleared off the loch.

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One Response to “Scottish Highlands in Spring (Part 2 of 4)”

  1. Your photograph of Inveraray Castle is beautiful…..a fairytale castle for sure. I wish I could have seen it when recently in Scotland. It should be a calendar picture…..it’s impressive.

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